Mechanical rooms are not always a persons first point of interest when buying a new home, but what it looks like on the inside screams loudly as to what you could expect behind the drywall.
I was called to look at a job not long ago and I was speechless at the catastrophe I witnessed when the door swung open to the mechanical room. This was a home that, from first glances, looked very luxurious with a four car garage, nice tile work and a huge custom kitchen.
The devices in this room, while seldom seen, are being used every second of every day. This is where your heat and comfort is created, your water is getting treated and electricity is being routed to provide you with all of the technology you use. So how did the mechanical room end up this way?
A properly installed heating system really doesn't cost that much extra in the long run, and does add value in energy savings and repair costs. In this case, the plumbing contractor with the lowest absolute cost to install a system that will "work" got the job. Although, I am not certain that a real plumber even installed this or if there were any inspections passed.
So please, take a look at your mechanical room very closely when viewing a home you are thinking about purchasing. Pipes and wires should be straight, well secured and organized. If there is a boiler system, look for water on the floor, and calcium build-up on pipe joints, this is a sign of a very slow leak. In general, if the mechanical room looks neat and tidy, that is a great sign that what you don't see behind the drywall is a well installed mechanical, plumbing and electrical system.
If you own a home with a mechanical room disaster, I can help!